Released on June 24, 2019 - 1:22pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. As we get closer to the 4th of July celebrations, Mayor Moe cautions residents that all consumer fireworks including sparklers and snappers are illegal in the City of Laurel and Prince George’s County.

City of Laurel Fire Marshal David E. Cope cautions citizens and visitors that illegally selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks in the City will result in the confiscation of the fireworks and fines up to $250.

Leave the fireworks to the professionals! If you attend a fireworks event, please keep an eye on children and stay clear from where the fireworks are being setup and launched.

Be aware inspectors from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services will be canvassing the City on Thursday, July 4, 2019, as well as during and after the City’s Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 6, 2019, to ensure there are no illegal fireworks being used or sold.  

Hand-held sparklers are the biggest illegal fireworks found, which burn at approximately 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, and can lead to permanent disfigurement and scarring. Statistics also show that illegal and poorly discarded fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires per year!

If you see someone possessing, selling, using or find any unattended fireworks, please call the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092 and report it immediately for everyone’s safety.

Thank you and have a safe Independence Day!

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